Monday, November 26, 2012

2 Years and Counting...

This marks the second anniversary of Crackers on the Couch!  I can't believe it!  Thank you so much for visiting this little place and encouraging me!

 While it's still the 26th, I think I'll go ahead and get this up...

Just in case you've got some Thanksgiving leftovers left, this is what I did with mine.  Basically, you put all your leftovers into ramekins and top it with leftover mashed potatoes.  It helps if you've got gravy made, too.  This really isn't a recipe so much as a technique.

Leftover Thanksgiving Shepherd's Pie
This year's pies had green beans, sweet potatoes, gravy, chicken, apples, celery, and onion.  I left the stuffing out as a side and topped them with mashed potatoes and a dollop of cranberry sauce when they were done cooking.  You can use virtually any side in these.  Last year, leftover roast veggies were perfect for these, for example.  Adding extra herbs like thyme, parsley, or rosemary is a nice touch, too.

Preheat oven to 350°.  Chop one onion, and sauté in olive oil until cooked, add cold veggies and gravy and cook until everything is warm.  Fill ramekins 3/4 full with filling mixture and top with mashed potatoes.  Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and heat in the oven until the mashed potatoes have heated through and begun to brown (about 20-30 minutes).  Remove from oven, serve with stuffing and a drop of cranberry sauce if available.

The great thing about these is that everything on the Thanksgiving plate usually tastes great together.  My favorite thing as a kid was getting a fork full of everything.  That's exactly what you get with these.  My youngest even eagerly chomped down onions, apples and celery that he totally skipped on during the regular meal. 

Get ready to begin another 12 Days of Christmas next week!  I can't wait to show you what Cara and I have in store!
Thank you all for another wonderful year!


  1. Happy Anniversary! I can appreciate the milestone, congratulations :)

  2. Happy Anniversary, Brooke! Mmm, love shepherd's pie and this is a terrific idea. You're so right, Thanksgiving flavors all go so well together. We devoured our leftovers quickly with our house guests, so I'm tempted to make some more Thanksgiving dishes since we love them all so much.

    1. Hah! Good luck with that, Hannah! =) Personally, when the leftovers are gone I'm usually glad to say good by for another year!

  3. Happy Anniversary Woman! Awesome idea! I didn't cook or have it at my house, so we didn't have leftovers, but I made a leftover pot pie using the same technique, minus the mashed pots, since they were not fans. I'll let you know how they turned out.

    1. Thanks, Mama! =) I made pot pies last year for Dad's freezer out of some of our leftovers. They turned out great!


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